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San Leandro Creek Video Contest for 2017- Winning videos

Honorable Mention goes to Sawyer & Lila De Ponte (along with the whole De Ponte Family) 3rd place went to Ms. Weidner’s 2nd grade class form Roosevelt School. 2nd place was won by Leonardo Lopez  who goes to SLHS and is a part of the SLAM program.  And our grand prize winner, who took home $100.00 in prize money, is Juan Montgomery who will be graduating in the spring from SLHS and is also a part of the SLAM program. Juan wants to study and pursue a career in film. Watch his video and you can see he is on his way! Congratulations, Juan and all of our participants in the 1st annual San Leandro Creek Video Contest!https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YGF0ZFyAj4SaHW0f7w6LFaLpqizQIiJF/view?usp=sharing https://flipagram.com/f/1IDZhNLCn5D  ts=5a023826  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ri4_SkFR6z8OaW4DRJwi_K0J5RtlRxa7/view?  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bghIgBdY9RTnMgB4IX4uM42_nmPAHtQg/view?usp=sharing

 

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Calling all San Leandro area students! Grab your camera, phone or tablet and make a SHORT video that shows why San Leandro Creek is important to YOU. You can even make your video with your friends!

Don’t know why the creek is important???

Your video can be based on a question you have about the creek, then go about discovering your answer! Get creative! Our creek is a wildlife corridor for all kinds of animals, a source of natural beauty and fresh water for the SF Bay estuary system.

  • Which animals live along the creek and are there any endangered species?
  • What is the difference between native species and invasive species?
  • How can we protect the creek habitat?
  • What is a watershed and how does climate change effect the creek?
  • Where does the creek start and where does it reach the bay?
  • How big is it, and how many communities does it run through?
  • How does it affect that community?
  • Who originally used the creek before European settlers arrived?
  • How was the creek used by Spanish and Mexican settlers?
  • OR, ask your own question.

Prizes:

Three videos  will be chosen for prizes. Prizes include: $ 100.00 for 1st place, $ 75.00 for 2nd place, and $50.00 for 3rd place!

Get famous! All winners and select honorable mention videos will be viewed by the public on:

Saturday, November 18 at the San Leandro Main Library     at a video viewing party!!! Prizes will be given on that date. Winning videos will be displayed on the FSLC website and other social media sites like Facebook!

↓ Tap the blue “FSLC Rules” link below for details & the Video Rubric to see what the judges are looking for in WINNING videos. Below is also the link to a video we made with information and details about the contest for teachers.↓ Come to our Cleanup/Family Creek Walk on 10-14 at Root Park. Click below ” Cleanup Flyer” for info

 FSLC Rules

Video Contest Rubric

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Byu0HZ-HGydwclNFdlh6TllXSWM

Cleanup flyer 10-14-17

Plastic Bags in Alameda County

 

CITY OF SAN LEANDRO

Recycling Program

 

Alameda County Waste Management Authority Reusable Bag OrdinanceBring your own bag – not just for grocery stores beginning May 1

By now you’re probably used to bringing your own bags to grocery, drug and liquor stores in Alameda County. These stores have been covered by a reusable bag law since January 2013, which has significantly reduced the number of single-use plastic and paper bags distributed at checkout. To build on this success, the law was expanded to include all stores and restaurants in the county, as of May 1, 2017 for retail stores and November 1, 2017 for restaurants and food trucks.

Stores will be charging at least 10 cents for paper or reusable (including thick plastic) bags. Restaurants can provide paper bags for free or charge at least 10 cents for reusable bags. The law only applies to carryout bags, not to bags without handles that are used to protect merchandise, such as produce, soups or meat.

The Reusable Bag Ordinance was adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and is designed to reduce waste and litter, and keep plastic bags out of the local waterways.

City of San Leandro, Public Works Department, 14200 Chapman Road, San Leandro, CA 94578

 

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Riley workshop update – Our stakes have sprouted!

001 002 004 005 006      Congratulations are in order! Our willow stakes do not know that it is not the best time of year for them to sprout! All three sites that we planted have sprouts on just about every stake.

Thanks again to all the participants of the three workshops/presentations Dr Ann Riley gave. We had over 100 participants and lots of interest. If anyone would like to order either of Dr Riley’s book, go to https://islandpress.org/author/ann-l-riley It includes lots of background info about Riley’s long and esteemed career.

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With the correct landscaping, this would NEVER happen to you!

With unpredictable weather on the global scale, locals must prepare for whatever nature has in store for us. During a storm in early February, this large non-native Eucalyptus tree fell from the creek bed onto Bancroft Ave in San Leandro. This occurred when school was in session, with children present less than 100 feet away. Luckily no one was injured. Power outages occurred and Bancroft Ave was blocked for traffic for hours.

With this year’s excessive rain, homes & businesses, especially those bordering the San Leandro Creek are in danger of shifting soil and trees becoming uprooted.  To help remedy this fluid situation, an expert speaker, Dr. Ann Riley (retired San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and author) will be coming to San Leandro in March to illustrate the basic “do’s and don’ts” for managing urban streams, and the proper landscaping to support California, with its now very wet soil. Two presentations will be given, Monday, March 20 from 1:00- 2:30 PM at San Leandro City Hall South Offices, and Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM at the San Leandro Main Library, Estudillo Room.

The presentations will be followed by a hands-on restoration training that will occur at Root Park on Saturday, March 25. The training will center upon biotechnical erosion control measures, utilizing various soil bioengineering principles, that can be designed and implemented by local volunteers, neighbors, students, stewards, City staff, and many others interested in low-tech measures that mimic nature’s own erosion control solutions.

The Friends of San Leandro Creek is collaborating with the California Urban Streams Partnership (CUSP) and the City of San Leandro to sponsor this afternoon workshop at City Hall, including participants from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board and local members of the California Urban Streams partnership.

Please join Dr. Riley and the Friends of San Leandro Creek to learn simple, inexpensive but very effective stream bank stabilization. Materials and tools will be provided for the field work.

Letter updating Seismic upgrades at Lake Chabot Dam

004 003Greetings,

I am writing with a New Year 2017 update on the progress of the Chabot Dam Seismic Upgrade Project. While the Chabot Dam will be able to withstand major earthquakes, seismic upgrades are important to minimize the amount of rehabilitation that would be required if one occurred.  

EBMUD has completed the cement deep soil mixing work at the toe of the dam. Now, we are working on dam face restoration and removal of the outlet tower. The City of San Leandro Chabot Park off of Estudillo Avenue and portions of the West Shore Trail in Lake Chabot Regional Park will remain closed until construction ends in the summer of this year. 

You may also have noticed that San Leandro Creek has seen increased flows due to releases from Lake Chabot during this rainy winter. EBMUD controls these releases to ensure public safety. We release more water in between storms, when creeks have receded and can absorb excess runoff.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at (510) 287-1631 or ben.glickstein@ebmud.com

Best,
Ben